Reading Encouragement

Tips for Encouraging Your Children To Read: 

boy with books


Create a family reading time.
Each evening, set some time aside for your children to see all members of the family reading. Discuss what you are reading whether it be a newspaper article or a good novel.

Read Aloud
As children get older and can read for themselves, we often stop reading to them. People of all ages enjoy and can benefit from being read to. Reading to an older child is often a good way to get him "into" a challenging book that he might not otherwise try.

Visit Book Places
As part of your family outings, visit libraries and book stores. Look for notices of author visits and book signings.

Remember your “I’m Bored” Book
Keep paperback books in the car just in case you are "stuck". A book that helps you survive a long boring wait is sure to become a best friend. Listening to audiobooks is a great way to keep your child busy on a long trip. 

See the Movie
Make the media work for you. Promise your child that you will go see the movie after the family has read the book; then compare. Or, if necessary, see the movie first and then read the book to get the real story!

Read it then do it
Does your child want to learn magic tricks? Computer games? Make a craft? There's sure to be a book that can help him. Have your child read the instructions and then give it a try.

Lights On
Extend your child's bedtime as long as he/she uses the time to read: lights are out at 8:30 PM, unless he/she wants to read until 9:00 PM.

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